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Reaching Everybody! Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid St. Joseph Newsleader St. Joseph, MN 56374 Permit No. 21 ECRWSS Postal Customer Newsleader St. Joseph Postal Patron Students share views on Freedom Wall Town Crier in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 Volume 24, Issue 4 Est. 1989 by TaLeiza Calloway St. Cloud schools host open houses Register for Kennedy An open house to register to attend Kennedy Community School will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the school, located at 1300 Jade Road, St. Joseph. For parents unable to attend, registration is available Jan. 28-Feb. 8 at the Welcome Center, 3015 3rd St. N., St. Cloud. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 320-3637791 or 320-202-6897. Register for Spanish immersion An open house to register for Spanish immersion classes will be held from 7 a.m.-6 pm. Monday, Jan 28 at Clearview Elementary, 7310 Hwy 24 SE, Clear Lake. For parents unable to attend, registration is available Jan. 28-Feb. 8 at the Welcome Center, 3015 3rd St. N., St. Cloud. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday or 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 320-743-2241 or 320-202-6897. K of C to sponsor youth free-throw championship All boys and girls, ages 10 to 14, are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2013 Knights of Columbus free-throw championship. The local competition will be held Sunday, Jan. 27 at the St. Joseph Lab School Gym. Registration and practice is at 12:30 p.m., and the contest begins at 1 p.m. The Knights of Columbus freethrow championship is sponsored annually with winners progressing through local, district and state competition. International champions are announced by the K of C international headquarters based on scores from the statelevel competitions. All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation in the event. Participants are required to furnish proof of age and written parental consent. For any additional information, call Mark Berg-Arnold at 320-363-1077. Wreath removal, flag disposal set Feb. 2 Removal of the 3,200 wreaths placed Dec. 15 on grave sites to honor our country’s fallen veterans as well as a flag disposal ceremony will take place starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Minnesota State Veterans’ Cemetery in Little Falls. For more information, visit and click on Criers. photo by TaLeiza Calloway Victoria Adofoli, a sophomore at the College of St. Benedict, signs the freedom wall Jan. 20. Students were asked to share what freedom means to them on the wall in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. When it comes to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the word “freedom” rings through his efforts for racial equality. Students at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University reflected on his efforts this week – a week the school dedicated to honoring his memory on campus. A collaboration between the Cultural Affairs Board, the Intercultural Center and the Joint Events Board, the week included musical and comedic performances, a soul-food dinner, a talent showcase and the Freedom Wall, a wall where students shared what freedom means to them. The wall, a large blue sign with the words “Freedom Wall” on it, hung in the lounge area of the Gorecki Center on CSB’s campus Jan. 20. At the bottom of the sign were the words, “I Wall • page 3 Vora recalls expulsion from happy home into living hell by Dennis Dalman World War II was officially over, but unthinkable atrocities and hideous suffering continued for the Wenzel family, along with an estimated 15 million others – mainly women and children. Despite the horrors they witnessed and endured, the Wenzels were lucky. They survived; an estimated two million German refugees did not. One of those survivors is Dr. Erika Vora, who was just a baby at the time. During a recent Sartell Senior Connection guest-speaker day, Vora shared many heartbreaking passages from her book, “The Will to Live: A German Family’s Flight from Soviet Rule.” Her spellbound audience was stunned – horrified and saddened by what they heard. Vora wrote the book, she said, out of a deep-seated compulsion to let people know of the terrible suffering during one of the biggest mass migrations in history. It is an atrocity largely unknown by the general public. Vora’s book is based on extensive interviews with her mother, who for many years refused to talk about or even think about the terrors she and her daughters had endured. Anyone who reads Vora’s book will immediately understand why her mother tried so hard to force those horrifying memories from her mind. Vora is a professor of intercultural communications at St. Cloud State University and has taught and done research throughout the world, including in Taiwan, Germany and South Africa. She is the author of many scholarly studies about intercultural communication. Vora’s book recounts the harrowing journey of her mother, her three sisters and herself from Poland as the Soviet Army moved westward toward Germany – many of its soldiers plundering, raping and committing murderous atrocities along the way. At that time, millions of Germans had been born and lived in Eastern European countries, including parts of Poland, because many of those countries had long been part of Prussia (“Germany” before World War I). After World War I, the map of Europe was redrawn according to the victors’ dictates, and anger over those new boundary lines were partly what caused the rise of the Nazis. The Wenzel family was born and raised on a farm in a Polish village 170 miles east of Berlin, Germany. It was an idyllic farm life, and they loved their farm, which included a lake to enjoy. One terrible day, however, in January 1945, three months before the final collapse of Hitler’s Germany, Polish men stormed onto the Wenzel farm and ordered the mother and daughters out of the house. Vora • page 4 St. Joseph police chief announces retirement by TaLeiza Calloway Aug. 22 is the last day Pete Jansky will serve as police chief in the City of St. Joseph. Jansky, 55, announced his retirement Jan. 17 during a city council meeting. Elected officials thanked him for his years of service. “We accept your resignation with regret,” St. Joseph Mayor Rick Schultz said. Jansky wanted to inform council members early so planning can begin photo by TaLeiza Calloway to find his Chief Jansky replacement. Elected officials will determine the hiring process in the future. Jansky • page 4

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